Theatre, Band, Education, Endly Scholarship, and AVID All Match Up for Crapser
Ethan Crapser has been involved in theatre since he was five years old and when he visited the Emporia State University theatre department, which has been around about 100 years, it was a perfect match.
"I have been involved in theatre since I was 5, and the people I have met through theatre are just amazing," said Crapser. "They are so accepting of people and love to have fun. When I went down to Emporia for a theatre scholarship interview I got to meet some of the kids who were involved and they were so interested in who I am and what I like to do and they seemed like a really fun group of people."
It turned out that theatre was not the only match for Crapser.
"I picked Emporia because when I visited it felt like everyone was genuinely excited that I was even considering attending Emporia State, and it made the school seem like a place people wanted to be at."
The matches kept coming for Crapser, who was born in Overland Park and graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in the spring of 2013, and has already received a Virginia Endly Memorial Scholarship to begin his freshman year at Emporia State.
The Endly Scholarship is a full-ride scholarship offered by the university. H. Merle Endly and his family have a long history with Emporia State University dating back to the early 1900s when the school was named Kansas State Normal School. The scholarship is named in honor of his sister.
The Endly scholarship is equal to current in-state tuition and fees, the current resident hall fee (double room) including the full meal plan and the current average cost of books. Recipients must be full-time students in good academic standing and are eligible to reapply. (To learn more about the Endly Scholarship and other Emporia State University scholarships and grants, go to http://www.emporia.edu/finaid/scholarships/)
The scholarship is huge for Crapser and his family.
"The Endly Scholarship means that my parents don't have to worry about paying for another kid in college," explained Crapser. "They are sponsoring a young man from Belarus who is attending Park University and they play a major role in helping him not only raise money for it but to also do well in college. It also means that my younger brother can have a better chance at getting to go to the college he wants when it's his turn.
"It means a lot to me to be able to take some pressure off my parents," continued Crapser, "since they also have to take care of my sister who has an intellectual disability and who will not be able to live on her own."
Crapser has brought his theater talents and solid academic skills to Emporia State along with his tuba.
"I played the tuba in my high school band and am continuing to play the tuba with the Emporia State Marching Hornets," he said.
Crapser is enrolled in the secondary education program with a goal of becoming a high school theatre teacher.
"Helping people has always been something I like doing," said Crapser, "and a big part of teaching is helping people learn things, and I always look forward to the moment when a student grasps a concept that you have been working on."
Helping young people through his teaching will also be a way for Crapser to pay it forward for the help he received along his way. One of the ways he felt great help was through the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. This college readiness program, according to its official website, "uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change."
Just one more great match for Crapser.
" It was one of the best class choices I could make," he said. "My AVID class started visiting colleges in my freshman year, and we visited at least once a semester, which was a huge help in narrowing down where I wanted to go, and finding out what I liked and didn't like in a school. It also helped me keep my grades up in high school and taught me how to stay organized. AVID was a big help in my choice to become a teacher because of the tutorials we would do in class every week. I was able to help other students with things that we learned that week, and get help on the things I didn't understand that week. AVID gave me the skills I needed to survive high school and make the right decisions when it came to all things college. It was also a class I had every year with the same people and we ended up being a very tight knit group of people."